How did we re-make the front into a thriving garden?
Last winter we looked at the sad, struggling bushes we inherited in the front ‘lawn’, which, along with a dead tree was ‘the front’. This story is about how we re-made the front of the house, facing the street into a flourishing garden to feed us and add color to all our lives in winter too.
It began as a struggling, sloping ‘lawn’ of mown weeds on clay – all the top-soil went when the sub-division was created 30 years ago I think. Water flowed straight off, down to the street gutter. The [large] dead tree came down and became firewood [where usable] or left to rot and become soil otherwise.
We added terraces.
Covered the ground with newspaper and cardboard to create a new ‘weed-free’ garden on top.
We went around the established bushes.
Next, in went branches from over-grown bushes, rampant vines pruned back, dead tree limbs. Then on went grass clippings and mulch – anything without seeds. On top of all went a truck-load of lovely mulch of ground up tree prunings.
To make a lovely mulch garden ready for planting in spring. Feed with worm juice, blood and bone, lime, rock dust, coffee grounds, ‘Fodda’ [which is a mixture of organic nutrients] and anything else seed-free!
Then, in went bulbs. And they came up so fast we had fragrant flowers in early spring.
Then dwarf trees, small bushes and veg seeds and seedlings. Seed by seed, plant by plant, bit by bit, it grew and flourished.
A year on, as the mulch and branches rot down and feed the plants:
And plants seem to be growing happily, with new leaves and flowers.
Isn’t nature amazing – growing vibrant plants, even on clay?! With a little bit of help, grow organic matter and the plants thrive too.